Category: Diablo 3: Items

The World of Sanctuary hides many secrets. At first glance, the dark themed game leave no room for fun and games but there are some hidden easter eggs that can bring smile on the face even on the most grim player.

Black Mushrooms In Diablo 3In the Diablo 3 beta, Black Mushrooms were first seen near Adria’s hut in Act 1. Just like now, the mushrooms were clickable and when triggered they dropped the mysterious item. Since the players were limited to level 13 and progression stopped at the Skeleton King, nobody have even the slightest idea of what good those mushrooms will do.

The full version of the game changed the spawn location of the Black Mushroom. It is now a random spawn in the Cathedral level 1. As the game revealed, this special item is part of the Staff of Herding recipe used to craft the special staff used to enter a secret level. In Diablo 2, players were able to go to a hidden map and slay hundreds of vicious cows equipped with huge axes. This time, the Staff of Herding opens the gate for Whimsyshire, a special level filled with rainbows, unicorns, flowers and teddy bears. Every moving thing in this hidden place will try to kill the player. However, in order to get there, the Black Mushroom is not enough. The player will need to find the recipe for the staff first that is a random drop from the Act 4 boss called Izual.

Once the recipe is obtained, the items required will need to be farmed. Here is a quick break down of the needed items and where to get them:

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Diablo 3 GemsDiablo 3 Gems: In Diablo 2, gems did not have the same effect over the character as they do in Diablo 3. This time around, the most powerful gear setups include several items with sockets. There are a lot of mechanics that can be altered or tempered with the aid of gems but let’s begin by looking at the levels of the gems and how they can be obtained.

The Diablo 3 Jewels/Gems:

Each gem has 14 levels of quality starting with Chipped as level 1 and Radiant Star as the highest available and there are four different types in total. They can be used to insert head, chest, wrists, waist, amulets, shields and weapons can be socketed with gems. The biggest turnaround since Diablo 2 is the fact that gems can be recovered with the aid of the Jeweler. He will also combine gems together to upgrade their level.

The 14 Gem Levels:

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Diablo 3 Black Mushroom: Blizzard has always enjoyed adding Easter Eggs into its games. We have seen it in World of Warcraft over the past years and multiple expansion packs and now, we have Diablo 3 to scout for hidden mysteries.

Diablo 3 Black MushroomIn Diablo 2, we had the secret Cow Level which enabled the players to travel to a hidden location and slay merciless bovines equipped with huge axes. Diablo 3 added something different. This time, Whimsyshire (alias “Pony Level“) take the role of a secret level in which the player gets to kill ponies, teddy bears and flowers. The recipe itself needs to be farmed from an Act IV boss but the items required to craft it seem to be more difficult to harvest.

Diablo 3 Black MushroomThe Black Mushroom is part of the components needed for the Staff of Herding which unlocks the gate to Whimsyshire. In the beta, the item was obtainable from a clickable batch of mushrooms outside Adria’s hut. A few patches later it was moved inside the Cathedral of Act I. At that time, nobody could guess what it is exactly for since the recipe itself was only obtainable from the Izual fight as a random drop in Act IV. The other ingredients were spreaded across the all the Acts. Without any other clue of what the Black Mushroom would be used for, players started formulating speculations around it. Since there was no clear indication of a mysterious pony level, everyone assumed that the Black Mushroom is part of a new cow Level.

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Diablo 3 itemsIn Diablo 3, items remained almost the same as in the previous installment of the game. We have the same item classification but the generation algorithm is a bit different. This time around, most of the stats are generated automatically but they do have some margins for Legendary items. We have 3 main categories worth talking about, excluding standard non-magical items.

The 3 main categories of items:

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